I've enjoyed reading everyone's thoughts on various types of cookware, but I am now suffering from information paralysis.
My wife and I just got married and, thanks to people on this board, managed to avoid the exhortations that "All-Clad is the only cookware worth getting" from our registry helper.
Thanks to our very generous guests, we've now got a fair bit of money from gifts to spend and are looking to buy cookware that will last a lifetime and more. We currently have good anodized aluminum stuff but want to upgrade. We very much enjoy cooking and would like to find cookware that will allow us to continue to improve.
Based on what I've read here and other places, I have no idea how to decide between:
Paderno Grand Gourmet (from Bridge)
I would not say that money is no object, but we're willing to spend more if there is a commensurate improvement in quality. We'd like to find the best balance of cost and quality.
The pieces that I'm considering getting (currently cooking for 2 and occasionally for more) are:
11-in fry pan
4 qt saute pan
sauce pan (unsure what size, would appreciate opinions)
I currently have a Lodge cast iron skillet and would also be looking for a Le Creuset (or similar) dutch oven. Are there other recommended pieces?
So, I'd appreciate ANY help with trying to decide on which brand and which pieces to get.